Canada relocating some troops in Iraq to Kuwait amid escalating tensions

Daniel Fowler
January 12, 2020

Iran's missile attacks on USA targets in Iraq on Wednesday were "legitimate self-defense", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told state TV, adding that Washington's assessment to retaliate should not be based on "illusions". It should not be lost on anyone that lives will be forever impacted, including innocent Iraqis who have been plagued with war and violence for nearly two decades. "In the meantime, I pray for the safety of our courageous service members overseas and will continue to fight for peace here in Washington". So far, it is good!

The attacks were in revenge for the killing of the commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, General Qasem Soleimani following U.S. airstrike on Friday last week.

President Donald Trump on Tuesday took to Twitter following the strike to say an "assessment of casualties and damages taking place now".

Thousands of United States troops are based in Iraq, which is next to Iran.

"There seems to be an emerging dialog along the lines that it's not in the Iranians' interest to lash out and attack oil infrastructure", said Bob Yawger, director of futures at Mizuho in NY. Missiles launched from Iran at two military bases located in Iraq. We have the most powerful and well equipped military anywhere in the world, by far!

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A statement read: "We are warning all American allies, who gave their bases to its terrorist army, that any territory that is the starting point of aggressive acts against Iran will be targeted".

Iranian state television said Iran fired 15 missiles at two U.S. bases in Iraq at around 1.30am local time (10.30pm GMT). It did not provide evidence of how it obtained that information. Britain, which also has personnel in Iraq, condemned the Iranian action.

It says: "Indian nationals residing in Iraq are advised to be vigilant and avoid traveling within Iraq".

"The news coming out of the Middle East is alarming for many of you, as such I thought it best to communicate with you directly to provide an update on Canada's missions in the region, and more importantly the status and well-being of your family and friends deployed in Iraq and Kuwait and elsewhere in the Region", the letter states.

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